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September 2015 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

To the family of +Fr. Gordon Walker,

Our heart-felt prayers to Mary Sue and family, as they celebrate the joyous memory of the newly departed Fr. Gordon. In the name of our Lord and Father, may Jesus our Christ, continue to hold Fr. Gordon in His open arms.

Words offered by the Antiochian Archdiocese in memory of Fr. Gordon Walker, are fitting and well-deserved – a special person to be remembered as a caring parent and fatherly priest, to many. He sincerely loves the children of the Lord, especially those seeking the promise of His Incarnation. His life is a wonderful example of a living-offering to the Lord and what it means to be a good and faithful servant.

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August 2015 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Please remember our prisoner-students.
We have worked with many, many prisoner-students these near 20 years. Their commitment is real and lives are changing. Many are now free, where freedom was otherwise impossible. This is not a feel good ministry, but one that challenges and tests them. Why? This is about their relationship with their Lord and Creator – He Who desires their eternal salvation. We do not take this lightly. We are most thankful for your helpful prayers and encouragement, and financial assistance. We need each other and we need the Lord's loving-kindness.

OSB – SEPTUAGINT:
A JOURNEY THROUGH THE BOOKS OF PROPHECY

The Books of Prophecy help bring to light, the mystery of the Lord' s love for His Creation and all mankind. It opens a window of appreciation for the "I AM" – for Jesus our Christ, the Incarnate One - Who creates all existence and gives life, from non-existence. The OSB-Bible, it's detailed notes and study boxes, helps brings this clarity, while deepening our loving-remembrance of Him.

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July 2015 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

From this month's offering:
Gospel of John: The Healing Waters of Pentecost

The Jews Persecute The Man Made Whole ( John 5:10-15)

10 Therefore the Jews said to the healed man, "It is the Sabbath. It is not lawful for you to take up your bed." 11 But he answered and said to them, "He who made me healthy said to me, 'Take up your bed and walk.'" 12 They answered him, "Who is the man who said to you, "Take up your bed and walk?" 13 The healed man did not know who it was, for Jesus withdrew from the multitude in that place.

1. Imagine the cruel hearts of the Jews desiring to condemn a man paralyzed, with little hope, for thirty-eight years. Yet now healed of the sickness of the fleshly body, they choose not to celebrate. Instead they accused him of breaking the Sabbath. Why? Because by taking up his bed, joying in being able to walk, he had done work on the Lord's Day. From their legalistic view, forgetting the compassion of the Lord, this action was in open violation against the commandment regarding the Sabbath Day: "Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy (to the Lord). Six days man shall labor and do all their work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath, in honor of the Lord your God (the I AM). In it you shall do no work: neither you, nor your son, your daughter, your male servant, your female servant, your cattle, and your stranger who sojourns with you. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them, and rested on the seventh day (in contemplation of the Lord and His workings). Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath Day and hallowed this."(its purpose and purposing, and in His Name)

June 2015 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

THE SEVENTY THE LORD CALLED – Luke 10:1-17

In celebration of Pentecost and the spirit of evangelism, let's review one of the many educational boxes found in the OSB-Septuagint Old Testament and New Testament. In particular, let's focus on the seventy appointed by the Lord, to take the good news of His Incarnation – His New Covenant – to all the world. Here we will discover and gain helpful insight into the guiding spirit of the Lord's instructions.

In Luke 10:1-17, the Lord appointed seventy men as missionaries. Though not as prominent as the Twelve, these Seventy apostles worked with fervor and enthusiasm. Church Tradition confirms they persevered as true servants of the Lord, fulfilling a vital role in the spread of the good news, throughout all of the Roman Empire. The Lord called them and they knew Him as the One Who loved them, as a father loves his own.

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May 2015 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

JESUS, BEING OUR CHRIST, IS THE I AM – OUR PASSOVER

From in the beginning, our Lord continuously interacts with the entirety of His creation, promising to be with us always. He will not forsake or abandon us to the fears or empty promises of any dominion of death. Why? Because He is the "I AM" and Pantocrator, Jesus our Christ. He made us whole, molding our person-ness in His image and likeness. And as Pantocrator, He loves us with the understanding patience of a loving Father. And in times of stress, He provides us the comforting grace of His Spirit and newness of life. Why would He allow us to remain in subjection to a domain of bondage, especially if based upon the foolish wisdom of man, not His own?

Yes, we do such things to ourselves. And yes, the Lord allows us the consequences of poor choosing. But not to abandonment or total hopelessness. For our Lord of Lords, our Passover and Father, led His children out of the bondage of Egypt. He later liberated all from subjection to the dominion of death and Satan. Such is the wonder of a caring and watchful Father to His prodigal children.

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